The heavy duty connector industry is entering the most dynamic and challenging time in its history. The advent of electronics in trucks, buses, off-road equipment and farm machinery brings new objectivities, consideration and criteria to the design philosophy of not only electrical systems, but also the maintenance, service and reliability of these new high-technology systems.


Many new electronic systems will be made available to the heavy duty industry during the1990, s. Most notable are: engine controls, transmission controls, electronic panels, ABS, traction controls, navigation and electrical load management . Designers of these new systems must address new criteria for connector selection that has never been imposed before , i.e. :

  • Higher Density - Greater Number of Terminals.
  • Data Transmission Added to power Distribution.
  • Non- Cab Mounted Electronics.
  • Significance of Total Installed Cost.


Taking advantage of the many years Deutsch has been a mojour supplier of electrical interconnections for the heavy duty equipment industry and working with design, manufacturing and test personnel at the leading O.E.M.s in the truck, bus and off-highway industry, we have defined the Deutsch rectangular connector series.

To Meet the Challenge of the 1990,s.


The DRC Series is designed with a higher number of terminal counts. Insert arrangements of 24, 40 and 70 contacts are tooled and available. The designation of „size 16“ contacts simplifies the designer effort required to accomplish electrical and mechanical criteria.

Deutsch crimp-type, solid copper alloy contacts have years of in-the-field history, meeting the terms of „useful life“ or „lifetime“ concepts.

By utilizing a rectangular shape, the DRC is the best suited to be compatible with externally or internally mounted electronic modules. P.C.B. applications are addressed with the DRC Series receptacles being supplied with contact terminations designed for flex-tape or direct board mountings.

The Deutsch DRC Series is completely environmentally sealed, using silicone seals and wire grommets that withstand engine and transmission temperatures.The rugged thermoplastic housing are designed to meet field abuse for the life of the equipment.

The DRC contact system decrease installation costs and increase reliability.

  • Crimp type solid copper alloy contacts eliminate the need to solder
  • Wire seals are designed in the connector housing- no need to attach the seals to the wire.
  • The DRC dielectric contact retention system is an integral part of the connector insert, thus allowing quick and easy assembly, while providing a positive lock for reliability
  • As in all Deutsch products, a common contact design is specified. This commonality reduces inventory costs and eliminates the chance of error in the harness system, as the termination process is common, allowing assembly operators repeat performance regardless of wire size. This ensures the repeatability of crimping, inserting and inspection.


  • Rugged thermoplastic shells.
  • Designed for heavy duty service.
  • Environmentally sealed against moisture and contaminants. Silicone wire grommets are an integral part of the connector, reducing total installed costs.
  • -550 C to 1250 C continuous operation at rated current for engine service.
  • Available in high density pin counts of 24, 40 and 70 meeting most electronic design demands.
  • Crimp-type, nickel plated, solid copper alloy contacts increase durability and reduce installation costs by eliminating soldering after crimping.
  • Positive locking contact retention system by use of dielectric „fingers“ designed in the connector inserts, thus, eliminating the need for a second lock.
  • Quick fool- proof assembly, decreasing time on the assembly line and increasing profits. The ease of contact insertion and removal reduces field-service down time.
  • Deutsch, s common contact system slashes inventory costs and reduces the chance of errors caused by hundreds of different types of termination within one harness assembly.

Technical characteristics:

Operating temperature: -550 C to +1250 C at rated current.
Current Rating: Max 13 amps ( No. 16 ).
Silicone Insert: Front and rear silicone inserts are devoid of all organic matter.
Contact Minivolt Drop: 60 minivolt drop ( No. 16 contacts) using 16 AWG wire. Test current 13 amps.
Dielectric Strength: 350 volts per mil. Minimum.
Submersion: Properly wired and mated connection will withstand immersion under three feet of water without loss of electronic qualities or leakage.
Vibration: Maintains continuity and exhibits no mechanical or physical damage after vibration
Dielectric Withstanding Voltage: 1500 VAC (rms.).
Insulation Resistance: 1000 megohms minimum at 250 C.
Durability: o electrical or mechanical defects after 100 cycles of engagement and disengagement.
ARC Resistance: All dielectric materials withstand a minimum of 130 seconds per ASTM D- 495.
Physical Shock: No locking, unmating or other unsatisfactory result after 50g, s in each of three mutually perpendicular planes.
Contact Retention: Contacts withstand a minimum load of 25lbs. for size 16.
Thermal Shock: No cracking, chipping or leaking after 5 test cycles from -550C to +1250 C.
Usable Wire Size: No. 16 contacts- receive conductor AWG 16 thru 18. Rear insert will seal on smooth insulation from .100“ to .135“ O.D.


Connector Part Numbering System

DRC 1 4 - 40 S A ****  
=>               Series Prefix - Deutsch Rectangular Connector
  =>             Type: 1 - Standard packed without contact or accessories
    =>           Shell Style:
2 - Receptacle flange mount
4 - receptacle inline
6 - Inline plug
0 - Molded in contacts
        =>       Shell size and insert layout
          =>     Contact Style:
P - pin (male) type
S - socket (female) type
            =>   Keying position
              => Special Modifications


Contact Arrangements


Shell Size A B C
24 2.100 1.597 1.148
40 2.868 1.592 1.202
70 4.094 1.620 1.421




Inline Receptacle


Flange Mounting Receptacle


Shell Size A B C D E
24 2.154 1.202 1.742 2.724 1.772
40 2.908 1.202 1.699 3.530 1.772
70 4.094 1.421 1.757 4.664 1.991




Part No. Size A
± .010
± .030
± .015
114017 16 121 575 .171



Part No. Cont. Size A ± .015 B ± .031 C REF D MAX E ± .031
0411-204-1605 16 .286 .500 .160 2.300 1.000






contact part number size & type A ± .020 B min C max D min wire gauge range recommended strip length suggested removal tool
0460-202-16141 16 pin .821 .062 .106 .250 16 and 18 .250-.312 HDT 48-00
0462-201-16141 16 soc .759 .062 .106 .250 16 and 18 .250-.320 HDT 48-00


Assembly Instruction

To determine the correct insert arrangement, check the part number stamped on the connector. A typical part number would appear as DRC 16-24 SA. The number 24 indicates the insert arrangement ( 24 contacts). The designation „P“ indicates pin contacts. An „S“ designation indicates socket contacts.

Since contacts are inserted and extracted from the REAR or wire side of the connector, the views shown are of the REAR GROMMET.

Size 16 Terminals for 16 and 18 AWG wire.



  1. Strip 1/4 (6.3mm ) insulation from wire.
  2. Raise selector knob and rotate until arrow is aligned with wire size to be crimped.
  3. Loosen lock nut, turn adjusting screw in until it stops.
  4. Insert contact with wire barrel up Turn adjusting screw counter- clockwiser until contact is flush with identor cover. Tighten lock nut.
  5. Insert wire into contact. Contact must be centered between indicators. Close handles until crimp cycle is completed.
  6. Release handles and remove crimped contact.

NOTE: Tool must be readjusted for each type/size of contact.



  1. Grasp contact approximately 1.00“ (25,4mm) behind the contact crimp barrel.
  2. Hold connector with rear grommet facing you.
  3. Push contact straight into connector grommet until a positive stop is felt. A slight tug will confirm that it is properly locked in place.



  1. With rear insert toward you, snap appropriate size extractor tool over the wire of contact to be removed.
  2. Slide tool along wire into the insert cavity until it engages contact and resistance is felt.

 NOTE: Do not twist or insert tool at an angle. Pull contact-wire assembly out of connector.


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